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9:18 am
Sat May 3, 2014

European Observers Held By Pro-Russian Force Are Freed In Ukraine

Military observers including German Col. Axel Schneider, second left, hug each other after being released in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday. They were released to Russian envoy Vladimir Lukin, left.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 1:47 pm

Seven European military observers are free Saturday, more than a week after they were seized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The move comes as Kiev applies military pressure to separatists who have claimed territory and buildings in the region.

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The Two-Way
8:37 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Apple Awarded $120 Million In Patent Suit Against Samsung

Cardboards of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 3 are seen in a showroom at the company's headquarters in Seoul in November of 2013.
Jung Yeon-Je AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 10:42 am

In a second high-profile legal fight, a federal jury sided with Apple, ordering Korea's Samsung to pay nearly $120 million for infringing on some of Apple's patents.

While it was a clear victory for the Cupertino-based Apple, the damages awarded were nowhere near the $2.2 billion the company had been asking for. In fact, the jury also awarded Samsung $158,400 in damages, because Apple infringed on one of its patents.

Re/Code digs into the verdict:

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The Two-Way
8:17 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Superintendent: Reports On N.J. High School Prank Were 'Exaggerated'

A Bergen County, N.J., police officer (right) walks with a police dog into Teaneck High School, where 62 students were arrested during an overnight break-in on Thursday in Teaneck.
Julio Cortez AP

The superintendent of a New Jersey high school is tempering reports about a senior prank that went too far.

As we reported, police arrested 62 students for breaking into Teaneck High School in the overnight hours of Thursday. One of the more startling allegations made by police was that students urinated in the hallways.

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The Two-Way
7:25 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Blaze In Odessa Kills 31, Marking Escalation In Ukraine Crisis

Trashed items smolder amid debris at a square following clashes in Odessa, Ukraine, on Friday.
Sergei Poliakov AP

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:47 pm

The situation in Ukraine escalated further on Friday: First, as we reported, Ukraine launched a military operation against separatists in the east, and then a fire in a building in the Black Sea port of Odessa killed 31 people.

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The Two-Way
5:54 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

With Truce, Syrian Regime On The Verge Of An Important Gain

Civilians and emergency personnel inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the Abbasiyah neighborhood of Syria's central city of Homs on April 29.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 8:11 pm

The Syrian regime may be on the verge of an important gain in its civil war. Rebels say they have agreed to a conditional retreat from areas they hold in the city of Homs.

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The Two-Way
4:49 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

FBI Director: Radicalization Of Westerners In Syria Is Of Great Concern

"There's going to be a diaspora out of Syria at some point, and we are determined not to let lines be drawn from Syria today to a future 9/11," FBI Director James Comey told reporters Friday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 6:25 pm

FBI Director James Comey says the flow of Western fighters into Syria — and the prospect they'll return home radicalized — represents one of his biggest day-to-day concerns.

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The Two-Way
2:39 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

House Will Consider Select Committee To Investigate Benghazi Attacks

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 6:37 pm

House Republicans on Friday escalated their probe into the attacks on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, announced that he would ask the GOP-controlled chamber to vote on whether to create a select committee to investigate the attack, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

At the same time, Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, issued a subpoena to force Secretary of State John Kerry to testify about the attacks.

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The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Rock-Paper-Scissors Strategy Could Be More Than Mere Child's Play

Contestants compete in a rock-paper-scissors tournament in Gainesville, Fla., in 2012. A new study indicates it's not as random as it seems.
Matt Stamey Gainesville Sun/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 4:22 pm

The child's game rock-paper-scissors is designed for a random outcome in which no player has an advantage over any other.

While that might be true based solely on random probability, it ignores the way humans actually play the game, according to a new study published by Cornell University.

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Sinn Fein Leader's Arrest Ignites Debate Over Academic Freedom

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams was arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into one of Northern Ireland's most controversial killings.
Neil Hall Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 2:02 pm

The arrest of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams this week in Northern Ireland is raising questions about academic freedom across the Atlantic.

As NPR's Scott Neuman reported:

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Landslide In Afghanistan Reportedly Leaves Hundreds Missing

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 2:24 pm

Days of heavy rains have triggered a landslide in Afghanistan's northeastern Badakhshan province, smashing through a mountain village and leaving hundreds of people missing.

"At least 400 to 500 people are still under a huge landslide, and they are all believed to be dead. This number may increase," Col. Abdul Qadeer Sayad, a deputy police chief of Badakhshan province, told Reuters.

Ari Gaitanis, a United Nations spokesman, put the toll at 350 dead following the slide that buried the village of Hobo Barik.

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